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Doctor insights on: Can Gastrointestinal Fistula Lead To Septic Shock

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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Can complications of gastrointestinal fistula, lead to surgical-induced short gut?

Can complications of gastrointestinal fistula, lead to surgical-induced short gut?

Yes: Fistulas are abnormal connections between parts of the body. Fistulas are essentially abnormal short-cuts through your intestines. Your intestines are long by design so that you can absorb all the nutrients. With the fistula "short-cuts" the digesting food passes through without getting optimally absorbed. In severe cases this causes a functional short gut. ...Read more

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Can cellulite lead to septic shock?

Can cellulite lead to septic shock?

No: Cellulites is a term used to refer to the rippling or wavelike fat deposits on the thighs. Cellulitis is an infected red area, that can progress locally or can cause widespread infection or sepsis. ...Read more

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If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

If muriatic acid gets into the bloos stream can it lead to septic shock?

No: Septic shock is usually reserved for shock related to infection . Muriatic acid(hydrochloric acid) in high concentration IV is lethal. However in severe alkalemic states extremely dilute muriatic acid can improve the homeodtasis of the body. ...Read more

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Can anyone of any age get gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes: Although it would be very rare in children and more common as you get older. ...Read more

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Is malnutrition a common problem with gastrointestinal fistula?

Is malnutrition a common problem with gastrointestinal fistula?

Fistula: Fistulas can be due to medical problems that in themselves have substantial nutritional challenges (like crohn's disease). And fistulas, by themselves, also increase the nutritional needs of the patient especially with electrolytes and protein. ...Read more

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Is there a home remedy I can use as preventative care for gastrointestinal fistula?

Is there a home remedy I can use as preventative care for gastrointestinal fistula?

No: No, but if you have a particular risk factor for developing a fistula (like crohn's disease), you should talk to your doctor about other ways you can reduce your long-term risk. ...Read more

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Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of abdominal surgery?

Can be: Gastrointestinal fistulas can be a complication of intrabdominal surgery. They can also be due to other causes such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, radiation, etc. ...Read more

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Can viral infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

No.: Viral infection cannot cause gastrointestinal fistula, or an abnormal connection between the intestine and another structure (e.g. The skin). This is caused by surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, radiation, or a variety of other causes, but not from a virus. ...Read more

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Is gastrointestinal fistula a known risk for radiation cancer therapy?

Yes but rare: A fistula is a possibility after radiation therapy but this risk is very unlikely for someone being treated with radiation for the first time. ...Read more

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I have a gastrointestinal fistula, what is the best way to make sure I get enough fluids?

Electrolyte solution: Fistulas to the skin may be high output, and cause significant fluid losses. Check with your doctor, as it depends on the location of the fistula. Electrolyte solutions (pedialyte, sports drinks) are often a way to prevent dehydration. There are also medications to slow down the output from fistulas and increase the amount of fluid your body absorbs. ...Read more

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Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes: A knife wound to the abdomen is likely to cause a puncture to the intestines. When this happens the contents of the bowel can leak into the abdominal cavity. This requires immediate surgery to close the hole and wash out the contaminated abdomen. If there are many penetrating wounds or a delay in closure this can result in formation of a fistula-abnormal connection to the skin or other organ. ...Read more

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Can parasitic infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes, very rarely.: A fistula is an abnormal communication between two areas of the body. Any inflammatory or traumatic event can cause a fistula. Though very rare, in theory a parasitic infection could cause this. ...Read more

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Can bacterial infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can bacterial infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes: For instance an infection in the wall of the colon triggered by diverticulitis can eat through the colon lining and cause a channel to form between the colon and a nearby structure like the bladder. This channel is called a fistula. In this example one symptom might be passing gas out your bladder (pneumoturia). ...Read more

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How invasive is surgery or for a gastrointestinal fistula?

Invasive: It is major abdominal surgery. Generally it is done laparoscopically or as an open procedure, and can be very invasive. ...Read more

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Is surgery always necessary to remove a gastrointestinal fistula?

Is surgery always necessary to remove a gastrointestinal fistula?

Not Always: Gastrointestinal fistulas are treated according to the organs involved and the output of the fistula. Fistulas between the colon or small intestine and colon can be left alone as long as they are not causing infection or malabsorption. Fistulas from the intestine to the skin are classified as high output (>500 ml/day) or low output (<500ml/day). Low output fistulas generally close without surgery. ...Read more

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Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more